Join us for National Fossil Day 2011

To celebrate the second annual National Fossil Day the Museum of Western Colorado and Dinosaur Journey Museum will offer a variety of fun-fossil-filled activities. There will be special activities for kids of all ages on October 12 from 2:30 – 5:00 pm at Dinosaur Journey. The public will have the opportunity to speak with our staff paleontologists, try their aim at a bean bag toss, have their fossils and rocks identified and also learn more about our local fossils. Representatives from Colorado National Monument and the Bureau of Land Management will also be on hand to discuss the paleontological and geological treasures from our area.

Visitors will be given a sneak peak during our laboratory tour, which will focus on how fossils are collected, cleaned and entered into the museum collection for preservation and future study. Participants will be able to view the fossil bones of a variety of ancient animals that lived in the area during the time of the dinosaurs. The first lab tour will take place from 3:00 to 3:30 pm. A second tour of the paleontology laboratory will take place from 3:30 to 4:00 pm. A talk by Dr. John Foster, Curator of Paleontology at the Museum of Western Colorado, on “Dinosaurs from the Grand Valley” will be given at 4 pm. The National Fossil Day event will be concluded with an unveiling of Dinosaur Journey’s new “top secret” exhibit and the announcement of our coloring contest winners. These events are included in the admission fee.

Come on out and enjoy National Fossil Day!

National Fossil Day is a celebration organized to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational value.

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